The Appedition: Headspace

Curator: Mark Pollard
date: February 25, 2014
Categories: Experience Design, Information Design
Tags: App, mobile app, mobile website app

Mindfulness is so hot right now. Mind you, reading recent research and diving into the multi-thousand year thinking on the matter, it’s a wonder why it wasn’t always so hot right now. The dark ages lasted a long time.


There are many yoga, meditation and Zen apps but Headspace does one of the best jobs of easing someone into a new meditation practice. And if you work in a similar industry to me then a little mind chill-time every day is critical. I’m nearly a year into almost-daily meditation. It doesn’t make you crazy-proof (New York winters, pitches and pitches during New York winters are tough adversaries) but you’ll develop very useful skills—you’ll better catch yourself when you’re judging or telling yourself stories or comparing or worrying or not listening properly.

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The Appedition: Zite

Curator: Mark Pollard
date: February 20, 2014
Categories: Editorial Design, Experience Design, Information Design
Tags: App, mobile app, mobile website app
Zite is the Giant App Slayer. It will change your life. And, by “it will change your life,” I mean it made a slight difference to mine but in the tradition of dramatic, first-person writing I will project myself onto you and then get all hyperbolic about it.
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The Appedition: Keezy

Curator: Mark Pollard
date: February 12, 2014
Categories: Experience Design, Information Design
Tags: App, mobile app, mobile website app
In the second issue of The Appedition, we look at Keezy, a super-sweet soundboard app that Reggie Watts has used—at least once.
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The Appedition: Hype Machine

Curator: Mark Pollard
date: February 11, 2014
Categories: Experience Design, Information Design
Tags: App, mobile app, mobile website app

This week, we’ll eye-love five apps.


Each of the apps has repeatedly passed my Zen focus on renunciation (of crap I don’t need). It’s a focus that’s helped me ween myself off a many-thousand-fold vinyl collection (only one case of records accompanied me from Sydney to New York in 2011). It’s a focus that sees me sneak-attack unnecessary things at home then sneak them into the trash (if something goes missing my wife and children assume I sneak-attacked it). It’s a focus that sees me primarily use recycled, loose-leaf paper for note-taking rather than notebooks.
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Letterlab: Strange Attractors

Curator: Sara Frisk
date: January 24, 2014
Categories: Environmental Graphic Design, Experience Design, Illustration, Information Design, Typographic Design
Tags: catelijne van middelkoop, graphic design museum, Letterlab, MOTI, ryan pescatore frisk, strange attractors
I’ve wandered through the week celebrating family on various levels—some connected by blood, some connected by design. In the spirit of a true finale, my last piece of Design Envy inspiration is an explosion of the two. Letterlab, a children’s exhibition at the Graphic Design Museum in Breda, was concepted and designed by Strange Attractors, a small studio in Rotterdam founded by Ryan Pescatore Frisk and Catelijne van Middelkoop—my little brother and his amazing wife.   
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